Pimalai Resort & Spa is dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for Ko Lanta Island, Southern Thailand. Their commitment involves carbon reduction, preserving native ecosystems, and empowering the community, with benefits that will endure for generations.

In a recent collaboration with island residents on July 12, Pimalai’s team embarked on a reforestation project, successfully planting 150 trees in the picturesque Klong Chak area of Ko Lanta. This was followed by a beach cleaning and hermit crab release event on July 27 at the tranquil Lam Tanode National Park. More recently, on August 12, Pimalai extended support to Langsord village on Ko Lanta Noi, establishing a rice cultivation cooperative to boost local incomes.

Pimalai undertakes regular beach cleaning activities.

These initiatives are part of Pimalai Resort & Spa’s ongoing commitment to environmental and social betterment. With a zero-food waste policy, elimination of single-use plastics, and rigorous recycling practices integrated into their daily operations, the resort is firmly progressing towards carbon neutrality. Moreover, the resort extends opportunities to Thai students through internships, fostering potential employment avenues.

Recognizing their steadfast dedication, Pimalai was invited to join the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s (SLH) Considerate Collection – an exclusive portfolio highlighting eco-sensitive five-star hotels.

“The climate crisis will impact everyone on Earth, necessitating shared responsibility and action. Pimalai is committed to preserving our local ecosystems. By nurturing our forests, including vital mangroves, we contribute to carbon removal and ensure the survival of our island and planet for generations to come,” emphasises Charintip Tiyaphorn, Pimalai’s owner and director.

Pimalai joined forces with the local community to plant 150 trees on Koh Lanta in July 2023,
as part of its support of reforestation efforts.

Ko Lanta Yai, once a home to sea gypsies and a historic stop on the ancient Maritime Silk Road, sprawls across 8,100 hectares in Krabi province. Boasting nearly a quarter of its expanse as a designated national park, this tropical paradise beckons travellers with its unspoiled beaches and world-renowned diving destinations, including Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, and Ko Haa.

Lanta’s lush expanse is also home to expansive jungles, capable of storing an average of 200 tonnes of carbon per hectare. Additionally, the island boasts approximately 300 hectares of mangrove forests, which can absorb up to 1,200 tonnes of carbon per hectare. This ecological alliance positions Ko Lanta as a powerful carbon capture agent, while also serving as a sanctuary for diverse fauna.

In the endeavour to limit global warming to below the critical 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold, pivotal for averting severe climate impacts, the focus must extend beyond emission reduction to active carbon removal from the atmosphere.

Pimalai Resort & Spa’s dedicated commitment to reforestation and forest management projects holds a pivotal role in achieving this essential goal.